Robe North America is pleased to announce the appointment of John Bilyk as its
Canadian Sales Manager effective immediately.

Bilyk has enjoyed a long and successful career in the entertainment lighting market
working for numerous leading companies including most recently a fifteen year stint
as the Canadian Sales Manager for Dallas-based Vari-Lite.

Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl commented “I’ve had the pleasure of both
knowing and working with John most of my professional career. He has a deep
and extensive knowledge of the Canadian market and outstanding rapport with the
principal lighting designers, rental companies and system integrators. We expect
John to make an instant impact on our business in Canada.’

John Bilyk stated “Recognizing Robe’s existing leading position in the global
entertainment lighting market, I look forward to leveraging my client relationships
to strengthen and grow Robe’s presence in Canada.’

Robe CEO and founder Josef Valchar said “I am really glad to have John on board.
He is a very well-known and respected person in our industry. I am sure he will
bring a lot of positive results from the Canadian market, which for many years has
been quite challenging for us. I am proud to say, that the whole sales team in North
America is a real “Dream Team,’ which a few years ago we could only dream
about… ”

Sales Director Harry von den Stemmen offered “I first met John back in the
heydays of SIB in Rimini. It must be destiny that we now work together at Robe
Lighting. Good things sometimes take a while, and I am very excited that he joins
the team. John will help us a lot to further establish the Robe brand in Canada. It is
kind of weird, too, that after a few days in Montreal I will be heading to SIB Rimini
again, what a Deja Vu this is!”

Bilyk can be reached via email at or by phone at (416)
255-3289. He will also be present at Robe North America’s booth (500) at the
Expo-Scene exhibition to be held May 2-3, 2016 at the Palais des Congres de